James Colburn will mount a full assault on the Renault UK Clio Cup for the first time since 2014 this season as he teams up with second year outfit PP Motorsport.
Colburn raced with PP for the final two events of their debut campaign last year and immediately shone with four consecutive top eight finishes.
The 24 year old’s full-time move to the Lincoln-based squad comes as part of a strengthened partnership between PP and Colburn’s family Westbourne Motorsport outfit.
Running out of the same awning, Colburn will be working alongside Westbourne’s two 2017 debutants, Myles Collins and Clio Cup Series champion James Dorlin.
Colburn competed with Westbourne throughout his ever-present spell in the Clio Cup between 2010 and 2014, with his best season seeing him finish as vice-champion in 2011.
With four top five championship finishes to his name, Colburn hopes he can use his experience to mount a title challenge this season.
“I’m very excited to be back full time after getting a taste for it again towards the end of last year and the aim for me has to be going for the title,” commented Colburn.
“I’ve tested on the new Michelin tyre and really like it. And because it is faster and more durable then people will be able to push to the limit for a lot longer so I think that will make the racing even more interesting.
“It’s not going to be easy – the grid is looking exceptionally strong this year with lots of top talent including karting champions and drivers with experience already of the championship.”
PP Team Principal John Creasey added: “We are extremely pleased to be not only renewing but strengthening our technical collaboration with Westbourne after a very good end to last season.
“And of course we are really excited to have James flying the flag for us. His track record in Clios is superb and he can we are sure put the PP car towards the front of the grid.”